What happens if you get DMCA on Twitch?

What happens in the case where you get DMCA on Twitch, what does it mean for a streamer and their content, and how does Twitch deal with this?


Part of being a content creator or a streamer on platforms such as Twitch, requires that you as a streamer or creator are responsible for the content that you put out as well as the content you will borrow that is not yours.

This will usually be copyrighted works.

Most online sharing platforms such as Twitch have strict copyright laws that they expect streamers to be aware of, as Twitch needs to protect itself first before a streamer, should any infringement be raised.

Infringement on Twitch can occur as DMCA notification, takedown or ban from the content rights holders.

Getting DMCA on Twitch

In the event that you have used copyrighted content in your stream, Twitch will be notified by the rights holders of that specific content that you have infringed on their copyrights and used their content without authorisation or licensing.

You, as the streamer, will then have to face certain consequences should you be found to have infringed, unless you manage to purchase licensing or are authorised by law to use that content, which can sometimes be the case.

In the case where you are indeed found to have infringed, streamers need to know how this happens.

What happens if you get DMCA on Twitch?

When you find that you have received DMCA on Twitch, it is because you have used content that you are not rightfully permitted to use.

Getting DMCA means that you have infringed on the copyright of someone else’s works and they are calling you out on that.

Getting DMCA means that a rights holder has contacted Twitch by means of a DMCA notification, claiming that you have used their copyright works in your stream.

Upon receiving this information, Twitch will resort to informing you of a takedown, ban or strike to your account, either taking down your content containing the said works, banning you from the platform for a specific time or serving you with a strike which is regarded as the most serious.

To resolve this yourself in the case where you can, you can purchase licensing to use the content.

What three methods does Twitch use to deal with copyright issues?

As previously mentioned, should Twitch be sent a DMCA notification from copyright holders you, as the streamer will get notified by Twitch of a Twitch takedown, a ban or a strike.

Knowing what these each mean will help you better understand the implication.

A takedown simply means that Twitch will delete your content with infringed copyright in it, a ban means you will be temporarily banned from the platform for 24 hours or more and a strike means that it has been confirmed that you have infringed on someone’s copyright.

What does Twitch do upon receiving counter-notification from streamers?

As a streamer who may be being accused of something wrongfully, you can submit a counter-notification to Twitch.

Twitch will proceed to inform the claimant of this and may also proceed to restore the recorded content containing the copyright content.

If a notification has been challenged, it will not qualify as a strike under the Repeat Infringer Policy until the dispute has been resolved by both the involved parties.

There may be cases when Twitch is unable to get back certain material or access it due to time and format.

What does the Repeat Infringer Policy entail?

Being regarded as a repeat infringer will lead to termination of your account by Twitch. When you are deemed as a repeat infringer, you will have accumulated three copyright strikes.

Twitch also has the power to limit access to Twitch or terminate the accounts of users who seem to be blatantly infringing the property of others at their own discretion.

When determining repeat infringers, Twitch takes into account complete notifications from rights holders, complete counter-notifications from account holders, retractions from rights holders and other relevant circumstances to fairly apply their Repeat Infringer Policy.

Final thoughts

It is extremely important for streamers and creators on online platforms such as Twitch to be aware of the copyright policies and rules of the platform they are on.

This can help them better understand how not to use the intellectual property of others in an infringing manner.

Getting DMCA on Twitch means you are suspected of or have infringed on the copyrights of others, and this can lead to getting a DMCA notification of a takedown, ban or strike.

Twitch will proceed to issue either of these unless a streamer submits a counter-notification disputing any copyright infringement.